What is Section 504?

Section 504 is a civil rights statute that provides certain protections to special education and general education students, employees, parents, and community members with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act is an extension of Section 504 into the private sector. Its protections for individuals within LCPS are essentially the same as Section 504. Students with disabilities who do not qualify for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 (IDEA) may have rights if they are eligible under Section 504. A person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, or working, has a disability under 504.

The Las Cruces Public Schools affords certain rights to students with disabilities and their parents as set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec.706(8)). Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act states: “No qualified individual with a disability shall, solely on the basis of his or her disability, be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Please see policy JBA for further information.

Inquiries on all matters, including complaints, regarding the implementation of Title IX or Section 504 in the District may be referred to the District official(s) listed below at the following addresses and telephones:

Las Cruces Public Schools can assist the public for concerns relating to:

Students 504 /Title IX
Dolores Polanco
Coordinator for Student Services
(575) 527-5893

Title IX
Erik Lopez
Title IX Investigator
(575) 527-5968

Facilities and 504 Compliance / Title IX
Gabe Jacquez
Deputy Superintendent of Operations & Leadership
(575) 527-5981

Community Concerns/Complaints
Jaime Calderon

Community Relations Executive Director and Advisor to Supt/Board
(575) 527-5801